For the majority of Gettysburg students, experience with off-campus housing relates almost exclusively back to parties. Parties in off-campus houses tend to be a lot more relaxed because there is no threat of S&S breaking things up if it gets a bit loud. Of course, since only a relative few upperclassmen are allowed to live in off-campus housing, this exclusivity is much sought after, making parties at off-campus housing all the more popular. The houses themselves are generally well-kept, and there is an ample selection of apartments and houses within close distance to the college campus. The most popular locations are along Water Street, which is about a half-mile away from campus.
While off-campus housing is considered somewhat of a luxury, the College has made several on-campus housing locations "seem" like they are off campus, allowing upperclassmen the freedom of living away from the center of things with the security of being in campus housing and, unfortunately, subject to its security.